BON TIGER: As it turns out, Tiger Jam is not just something that happens when Charlie Sheen doesn’t drink enough water. This annual concert, a benefit for the Tiger Woods Foundation, brings out heavy hitters the likes of No Doubt, Prince and John Mayer for one-off shows. On April 28, Jon Bon Jovi headlines Tiger Jam 14 at Mandalay Bay Events Center ($86-$163). American Idol winner David Cook opens, and that’s really all I know about the show. The press release promises that Bon Jovi will be joined by special guests, but I don’t know who they are … nor do I know if he’ll preview the material he’s rumored to be writing for a new album. All I know is what you know: He is a cowboy, and he rides a steel horse.
WRATH: Warwick Stone, the curator of the Hard Rock Hotel’s massive collection of rock memorabilia, recently mentioned to me that Sully Erna, the frontman for metal powerhouse Godsmack, had sent him several pallets of memorabilia, most of it busted guitars. That should tell you how Erna, and Godsmack, put on a show: They burn through sets, obliterating guitars, eardrums and fear itself. You can hear how it’s done when Godsmack releases its first live album, Live and Inspired, next month—or you can witness it firsthand at the Pearl on April 29 ($59-$91), with ear protection, of course. Maybe some eye protection, too.
NOW ON SALE: A reunited New Edition is coming to Planet Hollywood on June 16 ($54-$140). The band had a few hits in its day—notably “Mr. Telephone Man” and “Candy Girl”—but now, New Edition is really just an umbrella from under which Bobby Brown, Bell Biv Devoe, Ralph Tresvant and Johnny Gill can perform a decade’s worth of solo and group R&B hits, from “Poison” to “My Prerogative.” Assuming that Brown is not too out of sorts, this could be worthwhile.